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An overview of rock gardens

 

Rock gardens are an asset in hard-to-plant areas around the home.
Here is an overview of different types to consider.

Building a rock garden is an art form in itself. You can add rocks to an already existing garden or landscape, create a new area with a mix of plants and rocks, or simply plot a xeriscape with interesting rock forms and limited or no vegetation.

Eliminate problem spots, such as where plants struggle or in places that are resistant to grass, with a rock garden. Both natural and artificial rock gardens can be attractive alternatives to flowers and other types of vegetation.

The majority of rock gardens include a mix of plants, but if you have a spot that receives no sun, has poor drainage, and is resistant to any type of vegetation, then a rocks-only arrangement will certainly fill the void.

First, you should consider the cost of adding rocks. They are not cheap, unless you know someone who lives in the country and will give some of theirs away. If you have space and a little extra time on your hands, you might consider making your own out of concrete. It's very inexpensive, but will take about a month to reach the final curing stage.

Rock gardens can be styled in numerous ways. Alpine gardens, which utilize high-altitude and cold-tolerant plants, draw many enthusiasts. Woodland gardens are ideal for shady areas, although most plants do require some sunlight. If you have a spot that receives full sun and prefer a southwest appeal, then a desert garden would be a beautiful addition. Desert gardens are also accommodating for xeriscapes.

If you do not plan to include plants, then you'll need to lay landscaping material on top of the base to deter weeds. Dig out a few crevices so that some of the rocks will appear as if they are realistically "planted" in the ground. You'll then fill in the spaces with mulch, pebbles, or sand. Rocks that are indigenous to the area will blend in best, unless they clash with any stone on your home's exterior. If you are purchasing and unloading large, heavy rocks, your spot should be pre-selected and fully prepared. You can play around with the layout by using a range of smaller rocks. Keep in mind, however, that a grouping of small rocks will not look as attractive as several larger stones.

Rocks and boulders can also prevent soil erosion and are ideal for sloping areas that may contain poor soil or that is hard to reach for mowing. In fact, you can add rocks to any location where it is difficult to maneuver a lawnmower.

Leave the rest of the world behind with a Japanese, or Zen, garden. Study the specifics that make up these types of "dry-scapes" before you begin. You'll need to know the hows and the whys to recreate the centuries-old designs.
Selecting the right type of rocks and plantings for your personal space can be a challenging task. Ask questions at your local nursery about proper plants before you decide on which type of garden to add. Most cities have several businesses that specialize in stone; shop around for the best prices and always ask about delivery fees.

Once you have installed a rock garden, it will require little care and you can rest assured it is going to be around for a very long time.

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